[4/12/2016] Ryosuke Hirata could be ready to return on April 15

Ryosuke Hirata (left hip) told reporters he was feeling better on April 11. He is now able to run at full speed. He is expected to begin preparations for Ichi-gun by playing in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He could return to the active roster in time for a Hanshin game on April 15.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2016] Ryoichi Adachi set to join Ichi-gun team today

Ryoichi Adachi is set to join the Ichi-gun team today. He could also make the starting line-up against Nippon Ham.

Adachi was hospitalized with ulcerative colitis on January 22. He was released from the hospital and began a rehab program on February 10. He played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 2 and played full games on April 8 and 9. He started preparing for the active roster on April 10.

There are still concerns about his condition for night games — he is still not sure how his body will react and he is still working out how to prepare himself. If he is feeling fine, he could make the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


Conditioning Notes for Yuki Matsui

Yuki Matsui was slowed by left shoulder tightness during spring camp this year. He recently told reporters that his fastball was lacking polish because he was unable to do enough throwing before the start of the season.

Matsui has had to change his approach to make up for the difference. He has been throwing more sliders than change-ups because he feels there is not enough of a difference between his fastball and change-up. He is also throwing more cutters as well, a pitch he started using in September last year.

Matsui is hoping to be at 100 percent by the summer.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/12/2/2016] Yakult starters for Yomiuri Series

Possible Yakult starters for the Yomiuri series that begins today:

  • April 12 – Yoshihisa Naruse
  • April 13 – Shohei Tateyama
  • April 14 – Yasuhiro Ogawa

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2016


[4/11/2016] Yamaico Navarro set to make Ni-gun debut on April 12

Yamaico Navarro is set to make his official NPB debut in a Ni-gun Lotte game against Yomiuri at Lotte Urawa Stadium on April 12. Navarro told reporters he looked forward to playing and seeing live pitches. He also said he wanted to thank everyone that supported him by helping the team win.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 2:55pm]

Navarro got the start at second and batted third against Ni-gun Yomiuri.

First at bat: first inning, none on, two out, single to left off Kan Otake
Second at bat: fourth inning, runner on first, no out, walk, off Kan Otake
Third at bat: fifth inning, runner on third, two out, fly out to center off Kan Otake

His day ended after his at bat in the fifth inning.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/12/2016


[4/11/2016] Iguchi homers in twentieth consecutive season

Tadahito Iguchi hit his first home run of the season on April 10. He has hit at least one home run every season since his rookie year, including his time in the MLB. He joined Ichiro Suzuki (1993-2015, twenty-three years) and Hideki Matsui (1993-2012, twenty years) as the only players that spent time in both the NPB and MLB to hit a home run in at least twenty consecutive seasons. Iguchi and Matsui began their streaks in their first year.

Iguchi is the seventeenth player in NPB history to hit at least one home run in twenty or more consecutive seasons. He joined Tadashi Wakayabashi (two at forty-two years in 1950) and Katsuya Nomura (three at forty-three years in 1978) as the only players in franchise history to hit a home run in the year they turned forty-two or older.

Source: Sanspo 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Mogi Eigoro drives in lone run in 1-0 win

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 at kobo Stadium on April 10. Mogi Eigoro drove in the lone run of the game. He joined Takero Okajima (August 26, 2012 against Nippon Ham) as the only players in franchise history to drive in the lone run in a 1-0 victory during their rookie year.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Fujikawa made first appearance at Koshien Stadium since 2012

Kyuji Fujikawa started a game against Hiroshima on April 10. It was his first game at Koshien Stadium since September 13, 2012 against Yakult and his first game as a starter since October 6, 2002 against Yakult.

Fujikawa took the loss on April 10. He is now 0-4 in six starts at Koshien Stadium over his career. He also gave up seven runs in the game and set a new career high. His previous high was five, set on August 11, 2002 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome and October 6, 2002 against Yakult at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016, Sanspo 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham agree on one-for-one trade

The Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters agreed on a trade on April 11 that will send Susumu Orui (25) to Nippon Ham for Masahiro Inui (27). Both teams are expected to make an announcement soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016, Sports Hochi 4/11/2016

[UPDATE @ 2:19pm]

The Giants announced that Inui will be assigned the uniform number 60.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

[UPDATE @ 2:33pm]

The Fighters also posted an announcement. They have not yet assigned Orui a uniform number.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 8:23pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Inui earlier today.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

The Fighters announced that Orui was assigned the uniform number 32.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2016


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Saitama Astraia – April 9,10

April 9 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 6 10 0
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

WP: Ayami Sato (2 G, 2-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (2 G, 0-2)

Game Time: 2h12m
Attendance: 2088

Hero Interview

  • Haruka Mihara = 2-for-4: 1B8 (SB), F8, 1B8 (one RBI), G9. She recorded her 100th career hit in the fifth inning.
  • Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 76 NP, 25 BF, 5 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 0 R. She recorded her 200th career strikeout in the third inning. This was her second straight shutout.

Game Page | Highlights


April 10 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 1 0 2 1 6 10 15 0
Saitama Astraia 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 10 3

WP: Shiho Murata (2 G, 1-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (2 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h50m
Attendance: 2538

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 2-for-2: HBP, 1B1 (SB), SH1, 3B9 (one RBI). She drove in the tie-breaking run in the seventh.

Game Page | Highlights


NPB Standings [Full]
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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